Posting for a friend...horse is owned by a boarder and has until the end of the month after a year of surgery/rehab.
"He had cervical vertebrae fusion surgery at Rood and Riddle in KY after he had a prognosis of arthritis in his lower neck which was pinching his spinal cord causing numbness/pain leading to tripping/unsoundness. He had C 5,6,7 and T1. It was extreme and there's these little basket things. 40% chance of improvement, same surgery as Seattle Slew. He had the surgery on October 20th. Went to a hospital referred rehab farm at $60/day board! Didn't come home until March. He was a rack of bones, covered in bite marks, and could barely walk. "
Paraphrased her words for brevity. I do not know the name of the rehab (and will work on finding out) but that aside, anyone have experience in turning around something like this? Yes on the massage, the chiro. Sounds like the owner is getting tapped out after $20,000 to save this horse (and yes, he is a very special horse) and he's degrading not improving. Not sure if on any drugs (waiting to find out).
Oh, poor fellow From what I understand, basket surgery has, at best, the prognosis of improving their neurological score by one grade. Sounds like he may have been pretty profoundly neuro to start, and if he came back a rack of bones, covered in bite marks, maybe didn't have an optimal recovery, despite the cost.
A consult and frank conversation with the surgeon would probably be advised to determine if the case is salvageable or if he should be euthanised. What a sad situation for all involved. Neuro stuff is so hard
I have no advice, but I am very sorry for the owner as well. I hope she has contacted R&R to tell them of the rehab facility they are recommending. I am thinking they may not want to be associated with such a place.
If you get the name of the facility, please PM me with it. I want to be sure never to use it!